Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reiterated China’s firm support to Pakistan in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity and legitimate rights, saying his country had always regarded its relations with Pakistan as a priority in neighbouring diplomacy.
Premier Li Keqiang held a meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct 8. Khan, who is on an official visit to China, will also attend the closing ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition. Premier Li had sent his condolences to the Pakistani government and people over the last month’s severe earthquake in Pakistan. He said the relationship between China and Pakistan, which is an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, has a deep foundation and has gained support from the people of both countries.
Khan’s visit is highly valued, and the prime minister will also meet with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li said. Keeping China-Pakistan relationship as a top priority of its neighborhood diplomacy, China firmly supports Pakistan to safeguard its sovereignty and legitimate interests, to promote prosperity, and to play a bigger role in international and regional affairs, Premier Li added.
He said the Chinese side is willing to work with Pakistan to deepen strategic mutual trust, expand practical cooperation, increase people-to-people exchanges and push the relations and cooperation between the two countries to a new level. Premier Li said that cooperation between China and Pakistan not only conforms to the two countries’ interests, but also is conducive to regional peace and stability.
China is glad to know that Pakistan has gotten through the difficult period and will continue to provide support, he added. China is willing to strengthen the connection of development strategies with Pakistan, promote a high-quality development of the China-Pakistan economic corridor, increase bilateral cooperation in fields such as infrastructure, economy and trade, financial sector and energy, according to the Premier.
The Premier further said that China will make China-Pakistan trade more balanced by expanding exports of Pakistan’s advantaged products, and Pakistan should protect Chinese institutions and workers, in order to achieve win-win results and mutual development.
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